What You Need to Know
This New Englander is a year-round offering from New Holland whose hazy recipe features Citra and Galaxy hop varietals. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
This New England-style brew pours a mostly (and appropriately) opaque tangerine hue and is topped by a rocky cap of bone-white foam. The head shows fine retention and as it slowly reduces, it leaves behind droplets and small patches of sticky residue on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is bright and sweet with a scent of tangerine and sugary orange syrup.
The tasting begins with a mild bready malt with a touch of bitter citrus on the tip of the tongue. Tart orange and grapefruit give the middle a little bite but the palate mostly mixes sweet flavors of tangerine and honey.
Its feel is smooth throughout and a relatively low IBU count for the style keeps this brew balanced and its bite mellow. Medium feel and moderate carbonation.
For a New England-style IPA, the Tangerine Space Machine’s haziness isn’t as opaque as desired. However, that can be easily overlooked. The aroma’s sugary scent lingers nicely after the pour. The palate follows the nose in that it is juicy but also a little too sweet. The light IBU count does little to balance the taste. That being said, this brew has a mild and agreeable flavor. It’s an easy drinker that appeals to a wide range of people. So sure, you can do better by picking up a fresh New Englander from your local brewery, but the Tangerine Space Machine isn’t too bad, either.